G. Willi-Food Provides Additional Information Regarding Investigation by Israeli Securities Authority

Apr 06, 2016, 13:18 ET from G. Willi-Food International Ltd.

YAVNE, Israel, April 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

G. Willi-Food International Ltd. (NASDAQ: WILC) (the "Company" or "Willi-Food"), a global company that specializes in the development, marketing and international distribution of kosher foods, today announced, further to the announcement of the Nasdaq Stock Market of February 18, 2016, that the trading of the Company's ordinary shares continues to be halted by Nasdaq until the Company has fully satisfied Nasdaq's request for additional information. Following the request the Company's auditors, the ISA was contacted to confirm whether the investigation may in any way affect the financial results of the Company for 2015 fiscal year. ISA made reference to an appendix attached to the detention petition against Mr. Gurtovoy from which it appears that the investigation concerns a particular investment made by the Company in a certain traded European bond in an alleged amount of approximately USD 3 million (of which USD 2.2 million was actually invested) and whether such investment was used as a part of the collateral granted to secure debt of the controlling shareholder of the Company or any other third party and as a result, certain disclosures and approvals were required under Israeli law.

The Company also announced that it expects to release its 20-F annual report including its financial statements on time on or about April 28, 2016.


G. Willi-Food International Ltd. (http://www.willi-food.com) is an Israeli-based company specializing in high-quality, great-tasting kosher food products. Willi-Food is engaged directly and through its subsidiaries in the design, import, marketing and distribution of over 600 food products worldwide. As one of Israel's leading food importers, Willi-Food markets and sells its food products to over 1,500 customers in Israel and around the world including large retail and private supermarket chains, wholesalers and institutional consumers. The company's operating divisions include Willi-Food in Israel and Gold Frost, a wholly owned subsidiary who designs, develops and distributes branded kosher, dairy-food products.


This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 relating to future events or our future performance, such as statements regarding trends, demand for our products and expected sales, operating results, and earnings. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied in those forward-looking statements. These risks and other factors include but are not limited to: monetary risks including changes in marketable securities or changes in currency exchange rates- especially the NIS/U.S. Dollar exchange rate, payment default by any of our major clients, the loss of one of more of our key personnel, changes in laws and regulations, including those relating to the food distribution industry, and inability to meet and maintain regulatory qualifications and approvals for our products, termination of arrangements with our suppliers, in particular Arla Foods, loss of one or more of our principal clients, increase or decrease in global purchase prices of food products, increasing levels of competition in Israel and other markets in which we do business, changes in economic conditions in Israel, including in particular economic conditions in the Company's core markets, our inability to accurately predict consumption of our products and changes in consumer preferences, our inability to protect our intellectual property rights, our inability to successfully integrate our recent acquisitions, insurance coverage not sufficient enough to cover losses of product liability claims and risks associated with product liability claims. We cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. The matters discussed in this press release also involve risks and uncertainties summarized under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2014, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 30, 2015. These factors are updated from time to time through the filing of reports and registration statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release. 

Company Contact: G. Willi - Food International Ltd. Pavel Buber, Chief Financial Officer (+972)-8-932-1000 pavel@willi-food.co.il

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